Sam Schwindt

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A Chinese internet entrepreneur was sentenced to three years in prison for running a porn site

A Beijing court on Tuesday (Sept. 13) sentenced 36-year-old internet entrepreneur Wang Xin to three and a half years in prison and a fine of one million yuan ($150,000). His crime? “Distributing obscene materials for personal gain,” or in other words, providing easy access to pornography online.<p>The …

The Constitution of the United States, As Edited by the College Sensitivity Committee

"Something strange is happening at America's colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense." —<i>the Atlantic</i>.<p><b>PREAMBLE</b><p>We the People [<i>not ALL the people</i>] of …

Do Smarter People Drink More? What 5 Studies Say

The stereotype of the drunk genius is doggedly persistent: Think of Ernest Hemingway, who claimed to “write drunk, edit sober,” or you yourself, …

Mining

Crime writers are the victims as Sherlock’s too slow for forensics

Whodunnit? Forensic scientists know before the novelist does<p>They are tireless in their fight against crime, developing ever-more sophisticated science to thwart the wrongdoers in our midst. But as we admire the cutting-edge work of forensic scientists, spare a thought for their inadvertent victims: …

The Artist Behind Controversial Michael Brown Sculpture Explains Her Motivations

How should we respond when a white artist appropriates a black body as art?<p>Splayed on the floor of Chicago art gallery Gallery Guichard is a life-sized mannequin of Michael Brown’s dead body, face down on the ground, surrounded by police tape.<p>For the many Americans who have seen this image before, …

The Abstract Realism Tattoos of Charles Huurman

Spanish tattooer Charles Huurman tells me he loves the work of Diego Velazquez. Sfumato, chiaroscuro and photorealism techniques were learnt through …

The interesting reason Princeton is teaching ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ to literature students

<i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> is only the most notorious of many recent novels that have their origins in online fan fiction, fanfic or just fic. Although fic has been around for a long time, it has only recently become so visible in mainstream culture—and so more commercial.<p>It might then surprise you then, …

The Boy Scouts' gay gap

The<p>Boy Scouts of Americadidn't go as far as it ought to have with its new recommendation on gay Scout leaders, but it did make reluctant headway. This wasn't the leap of an organization that now views sexual orientation with more tolerant eyes, but rather a shuffling step by a tradition-bound group …

How Shepard Fairey's arrest provides a new look at an old question: Is it art or is it vandalism?

Shepard Fairey has never been one to play by the rules — and that's par for the course for someone in a street art community that exists on the cultural margins.<p>Or does it?<p>The L.A.-based street artist and graphic designer, best known for his 2008 "Hope" poster timed with Barack Obama's presidential …

These intimate portraits of same-sex couples were taken nearly 30 years before gay marriage was legalized across the US

But in the late 1980s, it was a different story. The gay community was not widely accepted, and couples had to keep their relationships mostly secret.<p>It was during this period that photographer Sage Sohier set out across America with her Fuji camera to capture gay couples in their homes.<p>"Viewers …

John Doyle: Harrowing PBS doc reveals IS’s systematic rapes, sexual slavery

A man shows the camera crew around a village in northern Iraq. The village is deserted, every building empty. Not bombed or flattened to the ground, but just eerily empty.<p>Then the man presents a video of Islamic State fighters, showing them joshing about Yazidi women. What one man says is …

Pentagon plan to allow transgender people to serve in US military

Plan would give recognition to the 15,000 transgender people serving in silence in US military<p>The US military is finalising a plan to allow transgender people to serve openly in the armed forces it emerged on Monday night, ending what is seen as one of the last discriminatory barriers to active …

Pentagon may lift ban on transgender people

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Pentagon could in the coming months lift the ban on transgender people openly serving in the U.S. military, after Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Monday a plan to study "readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly."<p>Carter made the announcement in a …

Donald Trump Isn't A Joke To Republican Voters Anymore

Donald Trump's blusterous presidential campaign has earned him untold hours of TV mockery and cost him quite a few business partners. It's also succeeded in turning around his image in the GOP.<p>When he entered the race, he stood out for, among other reasons, the sheer awfulness of his ratings among …

Is Harry Potter to blame for this “Go Set a Watchman” weirdness?

<i>Go Set a Watchman</i> is a weird book. It has been characterized, in the media, as a sequel to Harper Lee’s 1960 classic <i>To Kill A Mockingbird</i>, though the first chapter—recently published online—indicates a sharp departure from the original narrative arc.<p>In <i>Watchman</i>, Atticus Finch—a white lawyer heroized …

The disturbing pipeline to prison for thousands of girls in the US starts with sexual abuse

Debates about the crisis in the American criminal justice system—the over-incarceration, the “warehousing” of the mentally ill, the harsh juvenile sentencing—tend to leave out perhaps the most vulnerable group within its confines: girls, and particularly girls of color.<p>The proportion of girls …